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Township Pride

Today a New York model with graceful strides
while the scars on her knees
tell tales of a carefree childhood;
Barefoot days in dusty township streets,
Clumsy stumbles with her summer dried hair
standing on brittle end
Now her auburn braids are stylishly rolled in an English-looking bun,
the bright expensive summer dress made less playful
by her heeled sandals.
Her face is bright and even-toned-
Nourishment in the poorest Africa
but her accent belies her childhood
and those scars on her knees will never fade…

13 Mar 07

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